Damon Lamar Fordham, who specializes in U.S. History and African-American Studies, received his Master’s Degree in history from the College of Charleston and the Citadel, and his undergraduate degrees at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He currently teaches Western Civilization at The Citadel and has taught US History and African-American Studies at the Charleston Southern University and the College of Charleston. For three years, he taught GED classes to inmates at the Charleston County Detention Center through the Trident Literacy Association, resulting in 28 inmates getting their high school equivalency diplomas.
Professor Fordham was a weekly columnist for the Charleston Coastal Times from 1994 to 1998, as well as the author of Voices of Black South Carolina-Legend and Legacy (Charleston: History Press, 2009), True Stories of Black South Carolina (Charleston: History Press, 2008), Mr. Potts and Me (Evening Post Books, 2012), a semi-autobiography based on his father’s folk tales, and coauthor of Born to Serve-The Story of the WBEMC in South Carolina in 2006. He also conducted research for the book Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition by Joyce Coakley in 2006. Additionally, he wrote the articles “The Spartanburg Sit-Ins” and “The Impact of Martin Luther King’s Assassination on Spartanburg” in the book South of Main by Beatrice Hill and Brenda Lee, and entries for “Willie Lynch, “John Tales,” and “The Hag” for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Folklore for the University of Missouri Press in 2006. His interviews with the survivors of the Orangeburg Massacre appear in Cecil Williams and Sonny DuBose’s Orangeburg 1968. Damon also wrote entries for The Malcolm X Encyclopedia for the University of Southern Mississippi Press in 2001.
Professor Fordham’s television appearances include the Turner South Network Commercial My South Speaks (2006), the History Channel Documentary All for Liberty (2005). He has served as a commentator for the British Broadcasting Company documentary The Real Amos and Andy, and the South Carolina Educational Television documentaries All the Children of All the People, Where Do We Go from Here, and Africans in America-A South Carolina Perspective.
On radio he was a commentator for WPAL-FM in Charleston, SC, co-host for PM Urban Edition, WPAL-FM, and a commentator, Roots Music Karamu, South Carolina Educational Radio Network. In 2013, Professor Fordham lectured at The University of California at Berkeley, G.L. Roberts Collegiate and Vocational School in Ontario, Canada (1999), and the University of Memphis (1998).
A member of Friendship AME Church, Professor Fordham served as the President of Charleston chapter of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He was awarded the Charleston Post and Courier’s Golden Pen Award (2015), the Charleston Martin Luther King Award (2014), the Black Student Union of the College of Charleston Faculty Award (2002), the Key to the City of Spartanburg, SC (2001), the Excel Award at the College of Charleston (1999), the Outstanding Alumni Award, from the Wando High School African-American Club, Mt. Pleasant SC (1998) and the Outstanding Young Man of America (1997). His motto is Educate yourself to lead yourself, for if you wait on others to show you the way, you will wait for a long time.
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B.A. History University of South Carolina
M.A. HIstory The College of Charleston and The Citadel Joint Degree Program
Research Interests: South Carolina, African American